The International Dialogue's Leadership

H. E. Nabeela F. Tunis

Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Sierra Leone, co-Chair of the International Dialogue, and Chair of the g7+ group of fragile states.

Minister Nabeela.jpg Nabeela F. Tunis is Minister of Planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone with over 20 years experience in conflict prevention and mediation, gender, environmental governance and human rights issues. Minister Tunis is the Chair of the g7+ Group of Fragile and Conflict Affected states and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding.

Prior to her appointment as Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Minister Tunis worked at the United Nations in various capacities and was Programme Manager/Co-Founder of Women’s Network for Environmental Sustainability (WoNES). She has been a strong voice in promoting gender equality and inclusivity at national and international fora. During her work at the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sierra Leone, she managed and contributed to successful intra and inter party political mediation and the formation and institutionalisation of Cross Political Party Associations. 

Minister Tunis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English and a Masters in Rural Development. She has several post graduates certificates in peacebuilding, conflict analysis and Management, environmental governance, gender and human rights.

H.E. Marie-Claude Bibeau

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie of Canada, co-Chair of the International Dialogue 

Minister Biibeau.jpg Marie-Claude Bibeau is currently Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. Since October 2015, she is also the Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead. Before entering politics, Minister Bibeau began her career at the Canadian International Development Agency. She went on postings to Morocco and Benin. After settling down with her family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, she became a successful businesswoman and was actively involved in her community. 

In her capacity as Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Minister Bibeau has a mandate to refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people and on supporting fragile states. In June 2017, Minister Bibeau launched Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. Supported by this new policy, Minister Bibeau advocates for actions and initiatives that empower women and girls, and she defends their rights. As well, she is at the heart of Canada’s strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development objectives both at home and around the world.

Minister Bibeau’s partner is Bernard Sévigny. She has an 18-year-old son, Mathieu.